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Sovereign of the Seas, Petts Wood

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Bog standard Wetherspoons same as all the other bog standard Wetherspoons.
Snarling_Mallard - 8 Aug 2016 19:06
A good range of well kept beers as you would expect from a 'Spoons. It's a bit shabby inside but their is a good mix of clientel. The manager needs to learn some customer service skills because his manner can be a bit offish. But to be fair he keeps a good cellar.
Dynamo1 - 18 Dec 2014 12:58
Getting older... I am starting to like Wetherspoons. When in a strange place, they can be relied on to be clean and serve a decent pint. This was no exception.
Mappiman - 14 Dec 2013 14:49
I cant see what all the fuss is about ,I go there regularly allbeit on a tuesday , the food is good and cheap ,the beer is always good allbeit a little cold for bitter , the service is good and there is a good mixture of punters enough said?!
realalenut - 6 Feb 2012 15:52
Very nice wetherspoon pub on two levels with good service(when visited) and a well kept pint, 7/10
fat_beer_badger - 20 May 2011 20:15
Well I went in there last Monday at about 5pm, and there were several problems. There were the usual drunks hanging round the bar, stopping customers getting through to the beer pumps in the middle of the bar, and it took time to negotiate round them. Then there was the manageress counting up the loose change on the till, their fist thing she tried to do is ignore us 2 customers. Being waiting for some time, she then decides to eventually do something about it, so she shouts out for Nick, and one of the customers answers. Then she tries again, this time the barman Nick answers, and is told to attend to customers, which he does, but this time it is the wrong customers. Seeing this, she then realizes what's happened, and once again she ignores customers and we 2 walk out. Lesson one is to acknowledge and talk to your customers, as shown in the first training video.
Shagnastie - 15 Jan 2011 09:02
A real traditional pub experience - vast mix of customers here and the place looks alot more cosy and inviting then in recent years. food was spot on!

A nice selection or real ale and the pub is also in the good beer guide. black boards give the place a sense of identity compared to other wetherspoons.

Must praise the entire team they look like they all work very very hard.

Keep it up
audiokilla - 13 Dec 2010 16:39
Unremarkable 'spoons, with a reasonable selection of festival beers and usual suspects from 12 handpumps (e.g. £1.85 for Moorhouse's Ambler Rambler). However, served well short of a pint, but the barmaid didn't seem to notice or care about topping it up. Small patio garden out back.
rpadam - 24 Apr 2010 10:13
its ok, but there are getting a load of young drunks who sit at the bar, suck up to the barmaids in a load voice, and swear and shout and make a pain out of them selves. then the manager arrives just about 5 mins from closing and tells them off. I think they should get a grip, and the managers should do something more than just hiding away.
Shagnastie - 14 Dec 2009 22:50
A decent local with a great range of beers, well served. Clientel fine. Pokey beer patio out the back.

Better value than the Co-op it replaced.... Marked unfairly low, IMO.
palecitrus - 17 Oct 2009 22:46
Still looking to get in touch with "James Riley" !!! (Crest Vw Dv)
(even with th Plaque, che_guevara! :))
Does anybody have an e-mail adress for me??
I'm from Holland, and would like to send him an e-mail.
DutchRolo - 30 Jun 2009 16:41
Average say no more
superseagulls - 1 Mar 2009 11:47
My local (by geography not choice), but temping enough to ensure that I often pop in for a quickie.

The beer isn't always top notch (that could be psychosomatic in the wetherspoons environment), but you do get the occasional beauty, and I feel I should support his real ale efforts, and its consistently drinkable, and if you want a change there's great value Leffe, spirits, wine, bottled ciders etc

You do get noisy foul-mouthed teenagers, drunks & old hard men who look ready for a punch up (however I havenít seen one yet), but this is a community pub with a mix of men and women of all ages united by a common goal. Many pubs used to have this cosmopolitan feel and I for one miss those halcyon days.

The current crop of staff are friendly and very efficient behind the bar, I've not had food here, but the curries smell great. This pub stands on a site where in the past there wasnít a pub and in an area which is underserved by pubs, itís worth supporting.
beerandpaperman - 15 Jan 2009 12:32
poor ole james Riley use to frequent regrettably he used the toilets & the fruit machine .He got th Plague from the toilets & Beri Beri from the fruit machine RIP

Viva la revelucion CHE
che_guevara - 4 Jan 2009 19:32
Is this the Pub where "James Riley" go's to?
Does anybody know him?
I'm from Holland and I would like to get in touch with him.....
DutchRolo - 21 Sep 2008 10:18
Abysmal. How is it still here? The shady dealings and the frequent fights were almost enough to get it closed down, but, inexplicably, it bounced back.

It's very, very grubby. They had a refit recently but aside from perhaps cleaning the floor and adding a chair or two I can't see what's changed. The smell of the whole place is suspect and the toilets are hideous.

The food is awful. It's a Spoons so it would always have been awful anyway, but it's PARTICULARLY awful here. Clearly their microwave is largely ineffective. The staff are miserable (I would be too if I worked here), and the punters are a hearty combination of aged drunks, rowdy and embarrassing teenagers, dodgy dealers and lecherous "starers".

The best thing about it? The quiz machine. Just wash your hands after you've touched the screen. If it's half as mucky as the rest of the place you're in serious danger of contracting something nasty.
box_twenty - 11 Aug 2008 01:08
Have been going here since it opened, many years ago. It has turned into one of the worse pubs I have every been in. The clientele are rough, the staff are unprofessional, the general look and feel (and smell !!) of the place is apalling and as for the food it's not great and that's when they are not out of stock of basic things. For goodness sake Tim Martin shut the place down and start again !!!!
anonymous - 14 Nov 2007 12:17
Often go to this pub for grill nights, food OK but the beers are often out of stock. I agree about the toilets. This pub is situated in a fairly characterless suburban area and frequented by locals (including druggies last time I was there).
anonymous - 23 May 2007 16:25
one year on & still reports are that the toilets "stink" Let me know when its had a "Makeover" & I wont need a peg on the nose.Wonder if the Chief Exec Tim Martin knows ????
robertmiles - 13 May 2007 21:45
aaaargh - sticky carpet, smelly toilet, average food prepared badly. OK, so it's cheap, but then so is Threshers and sitting on a bench in the Memorial Gardens. Which at least don't smell! Snakebite? Probably the only way to get you through a night here. Needs strong beer goggles to see anything appealing about it...
madras1234 - 13 Apr 2007 13:13
This pub is VERY cheap. We went here on the last day of term and i had a cider and black for about 50 pence and a pound. made with thatchers draught with is a very smooth strong dry cider, about 8/10. Although it's always worth having a snakebite made with the Thatchers Draught and Spitfire 10/10.
Tubes - 29 May 2006 22:14
Don't see why people have a problem with the Sov really, it's no different to your average Spoons. It is slightly pokey, yeah, but if you have a chip on your shoulder about that and want somewhere more high brow for a white wine spritzer or whatever then go to Bradleys round the corner. The clientele tends to be predominantly under 25s and over 60s, and the atmosphere has always been alright in the time I've been there. Staff have always been pretty laid back and friendly as well.
man_of_kent - 9 Apr 2006 18:48
This establishment would benefit from a good manager & regular staff I dread to think what the turnover is.The biggest problem is the toilets.I dont think they have had a makeover since it opened.
We all know the food is boil in the bag microwave but if its from a good source then quality can be maintained.I found the lamb shank with fresh veg + traditional pudding excellent.
robertmiles - 8 Mar 2006 20:09
One of the worse examples of a pub ever. Delightful aroma of fags, cheap perfume, vomit and stale beer with nice sticky floor. Keeps the dossers warm while they spend their dole money.
halfbee - 7 Feb 2005 11:53
Pauly H is right about the Sov going down hill. Getting rid of oldschool barman Nick was a big mistake. Used to be my nice friendly local, now it smells of urine and welcomes chavs with a free drink. Stay away.
Julia - 21 May 2004 16:13
What is this pub doing with such a high rating?!? Was pretty decent when it first opened a few years ago - could have a quiet pint and the parents wouldn't have looked out of place having a white wine spritzer in the corner. Now it has gone the way of a great many other 'spoons - attracting those who's primary concern is a cheap bottle of smirnoff ice. Most conversations start "I 'ad a fite wiv' dis bloke rite..." and that's just the women. Not nice.
Pauly H - 6 Apr 2004 10:04
Saw two old geezers having a fight over a game of dominoes once, daytime crowd full of the un-employed and retired, nipping over the bookies opposite every five minutes.
ginge - 23 Sep 2003 10:15
NOT A GREAT FAMILY PUB PROBABLY FOR THE YOUNGER DRINKER OR THE UNDER AGE!!!
anonymous - 9 Apr 2003 01:01

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